25 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT WATER WASTE

9 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SAVE WATER IN THE BATHROOM

1.         Check your toilets for leaks.  Put a little food coloring in the toilet tank.   If, without flushing, the
color begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
2.        
Do not use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.  Every time you flush a cigarette butt,
facial tissue, or other small bit of trash, you waste five to seven gallons of water.
3.        
Put plastic bottles in your toilet tank.  To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand
or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down.  Fill them with water and put them
in your toilet tank, safely away from operating mechanisms.  In an average home, the bottles may
displace and save ten or more gallons of water per day.
4.        
Take shorter showers.  Long, hot showers can waste five to ten gallons every unneeded
minute.  Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down, and rinse off.
5.        
Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.  The local hardware or plumbing
supply stores stock inexpensive water-saving shower heads or restrictors that are easy to install.
6.        
Take baths.  A bath in a partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest shower.
7.        
Turn off the water while brushing teeth.   There is no need to keep water running down the
drain.  Just wet the brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
8.        
Rinse your razor in the sink.  Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water.  This
will rinse the blade just as well as running water.   And far less wastefully.
9.        
Check faucets and pipes for leaks.  Even the smallest drip from a worn washer can waste 20
or more gallons a day.  Larger leaks can waste hundreds.

6 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SAVE WATER IN THE KITCHEN AND LAUNDRY

1.        Use the automatic dishwasher only for full loads.
2.        Use the automatic washing machine only for full loads.
3.        If washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.  If you have two sinks,
fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water.  If you have only one sink, gather washed dishes
in a rack and rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water.
4.        
Don’t let the water run while cleaning vegetables.  Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a
pan of clean water.
5.       
 Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator.  Running tap water to cool it off for drinking
is wasteful.
6.        
Check faucets and pipes for leaks.  Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week
and often can be repaired with only an inexpensive washer.

10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SAVE WATER OUTSIDE

1.        Water the lawn only when needed.  A good way to see if your lawn needs watering is to step
on the grass.  If it springs back up when you move, it doesn’t need water.  If it stays flat, fetch the
sprinkler.
2.         
Deep-soak the lawn.  When you do water, do it long enough for the moisture to soak down to
the roots where it will do the most good.  A light sprinkling can evaporate quickly and tends to
encourage shallow root systems.
3.        
Water during the cool parts of the day.  Early morning generally is better than dusk since it
helps prevent growth of fungus.
4.        
Don’t water the sidewalk.  Position the sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not
on paved areas.  Also avoid watering on windy days.
5.        
Plant drought-resistant trees and plants.  Many beautiful trees and plants thrive with far less
watering than other species.
6.        
Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants.  Mulch will slow evaporation of moisture and
discourage weed growth.
7.        
Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
8.        Don’t run the hose while washing the car.  Clean the car with a pail of soapy water.  Use the
hose just to rinse it off.
9.         
Tell your children not to play with the hose and sprinklers.
10.      Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings.  Leaks outside the house may not
seem as bad since they’re not as visible.  But they can be just as wasteful as leaks inside.  Check
frequently and keep them drip-free.

Fresh clean drinking water is yours to use whenever you need it.  But not to waste.  It’s too valuable.  
Remember that a little effort and a little common sense will make a big difference.

Following these tips can save thousands of gallons every year in every household.  So be alert.  If
you see water being wasted in your own home, tighten up.  If you see it being wasted anywhere else,
speak up.

USE WATER…BUT USE IT WISELY